The third annual Rogue Invitational is scheduled for October 29-31, 2021, in Round Rock, TX. It will feature the Rogue Invitational’s inaugural strongman contest in addition to the CrossFit competition. Some of the biggest names in both sports will be in attendance, including four-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Brian Shaw and 2021 WSM champion Tom Stoltman, and 2021 CrossFit Games champions Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and Justin Medeiros.
That’s not all, though. The 2021 Rogue Invitational’s program also features the CrossFit Legends competition. Nine of the greatest male competitors and seven of the greatest female competitors in the sport’s history will battle it out in the 12,000-seat, outdoor Dell Diamond Stadium.
2021 Rogue Invitational Legends Rosters
Here are the 2021 Rogue Invitational Legends rosters:
- Chris Spealler
- Dan Bailey
- Jason Khalipa
- Josh Bridges
- Josh Everett
- Matt Chan
- Mikko Salo
- Rich Froning
- Tommy Hackenbruck
- Annie Sakamoto
- Julie Foucher
- Kristan Clever
- Margaux Alvarez
- Rebecca Voigt Miller
- Tanya Wagner
- Stacie Tovar
At the time of this article’s publication, the workouts for the Legends division at the 2021 Rogue Invitational have not yet been announced.
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Legends for a Reason
The roster for the 2021 Rogue Invitational Legends contest is splattered with CrossFit Games podium finishes, including a total of eight CrossFit Games titles.
Chris Spealler competed in seven CrossFit Games in the Elite division and an eighth in the Masters (35-39) division. He was on the roster of the inaugural CrossFit Games in 2007, where he barely missed the podium with a fourth-place finish. He stood on the podium with a bronze medal at the 2010 Games. In his seven Elite division appearances, he never ranked worse than 28th overall (2014 at age 35).
Dan Bailey is notable for his consistency at the highest level of CrossFit competition. In his five consecutive trips to the CrossFit Games (2011-2015), he never ranked outside the top 10. His strongest finish was a fourth-place rank in 2015. Although he never stood on the podium at the CrossFit Games, he does have a bronze medal from the Legends contest at the 2019 Rogue Invitational.
Jason Khalipa is a seven-time Individual CrossFit Games competitor. The highlight of his career is his title as 2008 Fittest Man on Earth®. The rest of his Games resume is also impressive — he has a runner-up finish in 2013, a bronze-medal finish in 2014, and only ranked outside the top seven once (16th overall in 2010). Khalipa won the Legends contest at the 2019 Rogue Invitational.
Similar to Khalipa, Bridges made seven trips to the CrossFit Games. His best finish came in 2011 as the runner-up. In 2014, he narrowly missed the podium, ranking fourth overall. His final CrossFit Games saw him rank 31st overall. Bridges has remained a popular figure in the CrossFit space via his podcast with Sevan Mattossian and five-time Fittest Man on Earth® Mat Fraser and his boxing match against fellow CrossFit great Jacob Heppner.
At the inaugural CrossFit Games in 2007, Everett stood on the podium in third place. He returned a year later to finish with the silver medal next to Khalipa, wearing the gold.
Most recently, Chan won season two of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s fitness competition show The Titan Games alongside Dani Speegle. Before that, though, Chan was a force across his seven career CrossFit Games. In 2012, he ranked second overall — the lone podium finish of his Games career. He ranked fourth at the first CrossFit Games in 2007 and fifth in the 2019 Rogue Invitational Legends competition.
In 2009, Mikko Salo was the Fittest Man on Earth®. He ranked fifth overall at the Games in 2010. Salo coaches CrossFit in Finland per his Rogue athlete profile, notably training CrossFit Games mainstay Jonne Koski.
The four-time Fittest Man on Earth®, Rich Froning, is the most decorated CrossFit Games athlete of all time. In addition to the consecutive Games titles he won from 2011 to 2014, Froning is still dominant in the Teams division as the leader of CrossFit Mayhem Freedom. He’s won Team division titles at the Games six consecutive times (2015-2021 (no Teams competition in 2020)).
In 2009, Hackenbruck went home with a CrossFit Games silver medal. He moved into the Teams division in 2012 as part of Hack’s Pack UTE and claimed gold at the 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Games. He returned to individual competition in 2014 to rank sixth overall.
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At the 2021 CrossFit Games, Sakamoto won the gold in the Masters (45-49) division. She earned previous podium finishes in the Masters (40-44) division in 2016 and 2017, ranking second and third, respectively. Sakamoto also appears as a commentator on CrossFit’s coverage team.
Foucher made four CrossFit Games appearances and never ranked outside the top five. She landed on the podium twice. In 2012, she won the silver (two-time Fittest Woman on Earth® Annie Thorisdottir won that year). In 2013, Foucher ranked third at the Games. Recently, Foucher helped develop CrossFit Precision Care.
In 2010, Clever bested Annie Thorisdottir by one rank to win the CrossFit Games. Clever and Thorisdottir swapped places at the 2011 Games. In 2012, Clever fell off the podium by a single rank, finishing fourth overall.
Margaux Alvarez competed at the CrossFit Games six times as an Individual from 2013-2018. Her top finish came in 2015 when she ranked ninth overall. In 2020, Alvarez was a dominant force on NBC’s The Titan Games, retaining the title of Titan for multiple episodes.
Rebecca Voigt Miller
Voigt Miller earned a bronze medal at the 2011 CrossFit Games. She competed at the Games from 2012 to 2016 in the Elite Individual division, with her best finish being 10th in 2012. In 2019, she moved into the Masters (35-39) division to score a bronze medal. She shifted to the Masters (40-44) division at the 2021 Games to score silver.
Tanya Wagner was the 2008 CrossFit Games runner-up. She improved upon that finish in 2009 to become the Fittest Woman on Earth®. She ranked fifth overall in 2012 and 39th in 2013 before jumping into the Teams division, where she finished in 23rd as a member of team CrossFit Apex at the 2016 Games.
Stacie Tovar has competed at the CrossFit Games on eight separate occasions. Although she’s never cracked the top 10 at the Games, she came close in 2012, when she ranked 12th overall, and 2015, when she ranked 11th.
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2021 Rogue Invitational
The workouts for the 2021 Rogue Invitational have not yet been announced for the Legends or the CrossFit competition. The strongman competition will feature five workouts spread out over two days. The prize pool for the competition is $1,423,951 at the time of this article’s publication, but Rogue does not have a breakdown of payouts for the Legends yet available.
Khalipa will enter the Dell Diamond Stadium as the defending Legends champion. Froning finished ninth in 2019 and will likely aim to improve significantly on that finish. Samantha Briggs won the Legends contest for the women in 2019 but will compete in the Rogue Invitational itself in 2021, meaning the Women’s Legends title will be vacant for the taking.
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